9/16 Six Nuke Plants SHUTDOWN due to ELECTRICAL problems ~ Rad Chick


This video is discussing ONLY FERMI’s shutdown. SUMMARY if no time for video: (1) There still is no explanation for why the pumps shut down, (2) they still don’t know what the problem is, (3) leaks were identified but spokesperson (Viktoria) “not sure where they are” – and (4) the situation is ONGOING. This is CONFIRMED. Also, Viktoria was very cautious about discussing radiation releases. You can easily detect she is nervous, and says several contradictory things in rapid succession. She went from “no radiation was released that WE DIDN’T EXPECT OR ANTICIPATE” which was then quickly corrected to “no radiation was released” – around 6:55 in video

Seriously, who is running this shitshow??

NRC event notification on Fermi NPP (has not been updated and apparently isn’t true anyway according to Viktoria, but here’s the link):

These are the other plants, with an EXPLOSION occurring at PALO VERDE:


“The following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event, additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event, or alters the information being provided at this time a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10CFR50.73.

“Non Class Load Center Breaker, 2ENGN-L04 failed, resulting an a visible observation of rapid combustion and resultant charring (burned area) of the breaker enclosure and housing. No physical deformation to the breaker housing or surrounding area has been identified. The rapid combustion self-extinguished immediately following the audible and visible combustion event. As a result, an Emergency Classification of HU2.2, EXPLOSION was declared due to the Load Center breaker failure and noise and visible indication observed in the field.”

Here are the others:

Palisades is in Michigan (west coast).
Event date 9/16
“Initial investigation into the cause of the turbine trip appears to be from a DEH power supply failure.”
[link to http://www.nrc.gov

Surrey is in VA.
Event date 9/16
“The cause of the under voltage matrix coincidence is currently being investigated by station personnel. All testing activities have been terminated and recovery efforts are in progress in accordance with station procedures. Current status is both Units stable at 100% with the #2 Emergency Diesel Generator carrying the 2H Emergency Bus.”
[link to http://www.nrc.gov

Palo Verde is in Arizona – this is the doozy I posted above.
Event date 9/16
[link to http://www.nrc.gov

There were also problems at Fitzpatrick (NY) which may be electrical in nature (multi doors stuck open in secondary containment)
Event date 9/18
[link to http://www.nrc.gov

And last but not least, from Canada:
“System ‘trip’ at Pickering nuclear plant prompts scramble for energy” CTV News Toronto

MUST SEE: Suspicious 0bservers on 9/17:” Huge seismic event in South America…final day huge coronal hole present and
**big coronal planetary shield anomaly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVYQd…

Feb 2012: Viktoria’s previous interviews during nuke emergencies: NRC spokeswoman for emergency at Illinois nuke plant also works as belly dancer — “Absolutely there’s no threat to the public” http://enenews.com/nrc-spokeswoman-il…

Thanks to Julie Wert for the screenshots of local rad monitors near Fermi.


From a resident and anonymous poet on @Enenews

“Tassels flying and hips a’shaking
Viktoria does the nuclear baking –
“Fresh from the oven of NRCs’ coven
bewitching sensation informs the nation!”
She’s got bejewelled reactors
that jiggle and bounce,
keep your eyes on her navel
and your worries she’ll trounce
and on nuclear physics
she gladly pronounce
as she gyrates and spins
at Nuclear House.”

~or-well Feb 2012


*FAIR USE FOR EDUCATIONAL & REPORTING PURPOSES, IN CASE PEOPLE WANT TO LEARN ABOUT BELLY DANCING AND NUCLEAR PROPAGANDA SIMULTANEOUSLY. “No copyright is claimed in this broadcast or video, and to the extent that material may appear to be infringed, I assert that such alleged infringement is permissible under fair use principles in U.S. copyright laws. If you believe material has been used in an unauthorized manner, please contact the poster.”

Footage used from the following videos:

Nuclear Energy (Animation):

Viktoria aka Dark Eyes, SYnerGYpsy:

DTE Energy’s Fermi 2 NPP:

USA Watchdog – We Are Entering the Time of Financial Collapse Point-V the Guerrilla Economist

4 jpegBy Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

“V, the Guerrilla Economist” says we have reached the point of no return in the global financial system. “V” explains, “We are entering a time which I call the collapse point. At the collapse point, there is going to be massive systemic shock. Why? Because you have one paradigm and one system being done away with, which is the dollar. It is going to be replaced by a new system. During that transition period, you cannot expect to trade anything because what do you trade it in? That’s why the Chinese are gearing up their own gold price fix. Once that collapse point happens and the world reels from the systemic shock, the Chinese gold price fix and the BRICS system will be there to fill in that vacuum. That is what’s being set up right now.”

“V” uses an anonymous name because he says if his cover is blown, he would lose business and his global high ranking financial sources. So, what will the collapse look like for the man in the street here in America? “V” says, “I was on a conference call at the beginning of the year. On that call were seven guys and some of the smartest people in the world.   They work in various sectors of government and various sectors of the military, and the question was asked what does an economic collapse in the United States look like? The initial, unanimous answer was you can expect anywhere from 25 million to 50 million dead in the first 90 days. I almost fell off my chair. Then they said, it’s real simple. You are going to have people dropping dead from violence, looting, rioting, lack of medication; we are the most medicated country on the planet. People also will be dropping dead from starvation, dehydration and disease. That’s going to kill a large swath of people. If you look at the big population centers: in New York you got 8 million people, in L.A. you got a couple of million. It would be very easy to rapidly build those death numbers up.”

Can you survive the crash here in the U.S.? “V” says, “My people say you need to have enough food and supplies for three months. I say to be safe, you should have supplies for six months. . . . My hope and prayer is “We the People” get this government and these things under control and prosecute these criminals at some point. . . . You cannot stop what is coming. You cannot stop this collapse. It’s too far gone and too far forward. You are not going to stop it, but right now, the race is for who is going to win on the other side. Is it going to be us, the American people? Or is it going to be the criminal cabal that is running D.C. right now. They have already made a pact or a promise to do whatever it takes for them to hold on to power on the other side of this thing. You’ve got to understand, the economy is weak and these guys are weak, as well. They have never been weaker.”

So, does the collapse point happen this year? “V” predicts, “No crash this year. You will have major geopolitical events. The dollar will be undermined. The petro dollar will come to an end by the end of 2015. There will be no market crash this year.”

What about gold and silver prices? Will they vault higher this year? “V” says, “No, but I expect them to vault higher by the middle of 2016.”

Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with “V, the Guerrilla Economist” of RogueMoney.net.

(There is much more in the video interview.)

Is this 2015 or 1692? Woman Accused of Being a Witch Fired from Military Dental Clinic

Accused of being a witch, an Air Force contractor working at a dental clinic at Fort Meade, Maryland, has been fired. Seriously.

Deborah Schoenfeld, a dental technician at the clinic, and a Hindu, was fired on September 2, immediately after filing a formal complaint about the religious harassment she was being forced to endure, which included being accused of witchcraft, bringing demons into the office, and being admonished that practicing yoga is “satanic” and will “cost (her) her soul.” The alleged reason given for her firing was that she was accused of using profanity in the workplace. She was told, however, that she did not have the right to know who her accusers were.

According to the Air Force Times, two of Schoenfeld’s former co-workers have confirmed her account of the workplace harassment she was subjected to by the devout Christians there, with one saying that she was referred to as a “Hindu witch.”

Schoenfeld, who wishes to return to her job, has turned to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which has sent the following letter to the commander of this modern day Salem, where we hope they aren’t also using the dental practices of 1692 on our troops.

October 5, 2015ATTN: LTC Dennis Holt
Clinical Dentistry Flight Commander, 579th DS
238 Brookley Avenue, BLDG 1300
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
Washington, DC 20032

CC: COL James M. Howell
Commander, Fort Meade Dentac
8476 Simmonds St.
Ft. Meade, MD 20755


Got witches?

Are you and your staff quite out of your Constitutionally derelict minds?

It has been brought to the attention of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), that an incredibly volatile, hostile and toxic evangelical Christian work environment under your direct command has resulted in the pernicious harassment, disenfranchisement, and firing of a once valued member of your team, Ms. Deborah Schoenfeld. We are writing you today in order to inform you that we will be immediately providing aggressive advocacy services for Ms. Schoenfeld as a MRFF client pursuant to her resolute quest to obtain a just resolution to her shocking complaints which have now been officially filed through the appropriate military Equal Employment Opportunity (EO) channels.

For the record, Ms. Schoenfeld practices the Hindu religion and has interest in Wiccan practices. A brief summary of her complaints follows:

• In her time at Epes Dental Clinic she was actually and specifically accused of “witchcraft” and “bringing demons into the office.” She has been officially advised that she is not allowed to know who her accusers are.

• She has been openly disparaged for not having the same religious views as her superiors (evangelical Christian) and being “uninterested in taking part” in Christian rituals or the rampant and rapacious, workplace-based, evangelical Christian proselytizing which is outrageously and comprehensively supported by her former  command.

• She has been admonished that practicing yoga is “satanic”, and will “cost (her) her soul”.

• She was advised by her chain of command to pray against the recent Supreme Court ruling against same sex marriage, as it is “an abomination to their religion”. (an employee in the office wanted all the civilians to pray against the legalization of same sex marriage at a clinic meeting)

• She was chastised for playing Indian music in the workplace as it was “not Christian”, while Christian music was commonly played throughout the entirety of this armed forces dental clinic.

• After filing an EO complaint, as anyone in her perilous situation of abject persecution should and would have done, she was swiftly fired from her job for false and scurrilous accusations from unknown persons asserting that she allegedly used profanity in the workplace.

• She was advised that she was accused of wrongdoing, and that she did not have the right to know her accuser(s).

• Her career has been unjustly and abruptly derailed and terminated by a literal “witch hunt” within your command.

We have spoken with witnesses at the clinic under your command who have universally confirmed that, not only did this horrid harassment take place, but ever since the execution of her punishment for failing the religious test imposed by the leadership of Epes Dental Clinic, a particular offending party has effusively celebrated her replacement by a Catholic woman by saying publicly that “It’s good to see we got an angel, since last time we had the
devil.” One witness has reported to MRFF that the clinic NCOIC responsible for Ms. Schoenfeld’s firing has issued specific and detailed instructions, warnings and threats to remaining personnel to make no efforts in supporting Ms. Schoenfeld’s return to duty lest they face similar consequences of employment termination and related personal disparagement.

Sir, this is by far the most ludicrous, scandalous and outrageous treatment of a valued member of our military team that I have come across in my decade-plus of fighting these religious intolerance issues. Ms. Schoenfeld’s basic Constitutional civil rights have been obliterated and ripped asunder. Her administrative due process rights have been wretchedly desecrated. What has happened here under your command is precisely why we at MRFF
refer to such bigotry as “spiritual rape”.

The astonishingly egregious behavior of those afflicting our MRFF client under your direct command is wholly unconstitutional. It viciously violates a vast sea of DoD and USAF Directives, Instructions and Regulations. Indeed, Air Force Instruction (AFI) 1-1, Section 2.12 makes it crystal clear that leaders at all levels in the Air Force, such as for example YOU, Lt. Col. Holt, “must ensure that their words and actions cannot reasonably be construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief or absence of belief.” Violations of this specific AFI are fully and potentially punishable as a felony under the Uniform Code of Military Justice pursuant to inter alia Article 92. I am confident that you recognize the value of the positive changes we have made as a society regarding religious freedom since Salem, 1692. Witch hunts are now illegal, sir.

Ms. Schoenfeld is Hindu, not Christian. That fact should have no bearing whatsoever on her ability to perform her duties as a civilian contractor with the United States Air Force. Clause 3, Article VI of the United States Constitution outlaws any “religious test” in the federal government such as the test those under your direct command have clearly utilized to torture, terrorize and torment our MRFF client. The No Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of our nation’s Constitution absolutely forbids the exact same type of practices which are so commonplace under your command in the brazen establishment of evangelical Christianity as the only approved solution for religious belief in the 579th DS of the Epes Dental Clinic at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Ms. Schoenfeld desires to expeditiously return to duty in good standing at Dental Clinic 3 on Fort Meade as soon as possible and to see swift and appropriate justice served against all of the offending parties who have either directly or indirectly eviscerated her Constitutional civil rights; including you, Lt. Col. Holt, as her erstwhile commander.

Please let MRFF know immediately what you intend to do to timely remediate this  scandalous, actual “witch hunt” and all of its associated transgressions of law and regulation.


Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, Esq.
Founder and President
Military Religious Freedom Foundation

General Martin E. Dempsey – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Deborah L. James – Secretary of the Air Force
General Mark A. Welsh III – Air Force Chief of Staff
John M. McHugh – Secretary of the Army
General Raymond T. Odierno – Army Chief of Staff
Randal G. Mathis, Mathis & Donheiser P.C. – MRFF Lead Trial Counsel

Originally posted to ChrisRodda on Tue Oct 06, 2015 at 07:11 AM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Atheists and moranbetterDemocrats.


Q3 Earnings Bloodbath Continues With Terrible Monsanto Results: Company Fires 2,600 As It Boosts Buyback ~ ZeroHedge

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It had been quite a downcast start to the third quarter earnings season following very disappointing earnings from Illumina, Adobe and Yum Brand. Then Moments ago agri-giant Monsanto made it four out of four when it reported a huge miss on both the top and bottom line, with Q4 revenue of $2.36 billion, far below the $2.79 billion consensus estimate and down 10% from a year ago. The EPS was likewise a disaster, which at at loss of $0.19 in Q4, was also far below the consensus estimate of ($0.03).Q4 EBIT tumbled to -$773 million, while full year EBIT was down 15% to $2.2 billion.

This is what the company justified this shockingly bad result:

Full-year net sales results were driven by the performance of the company’s Seeds and Genomics segment and licensing agreements, which were more than offset by foreign currency headwinds, declining corn acres and declines in glyphosate pricing.

Then there was the topic of cash flow: Monsanto was proud to announce that in 2015 it $3.1 billion in cash from operations, the same as in fiscal year 2014. Free cash flow was a source of $2.1 billion in fiscal year 2015, compared with a source of $959 million in fiscal year 2014. The fiscal year 2015 cash flow results primarily reflected the absence of The Climate Corporation acquisition and the BioAg Alliance with Novozymes.

So, great news right: the company was generating solid cash flow right. Well, yes, until one realizes that in 2014 MON repurchased $7.1 billion in stocks, and then another $835 million in 2015. In other words the company spent more than it generated in the past two years on buybacks.

Worse, MON spent $7.1 billion buying back stock at an average price of just over $115/share in 2014. Its stock is now $85, which as every Treasurer knows is a great way to generate a -25% return on cash investment…

… but to assure a huge grin on the faces of activist shareholders who were delighted to sell to the company at $125 last summer.

As for MON, we are happy that the company has not learned its lesson:

Monsanto plans to enter into a new $3 billion accelerated share repurchase program under its current share repurchase authorization, as it progresses toward its targeted capital structure. The company plans to begin the new accelerated share repurchase program in the near-term and complete it sometime in the next six months.

Because when all else fails, a short-term pop and a long-term drop is precisely what “activist shareholders” demand.

And as for all else failing, one just needs to look at the outlook:

  • Monsanto expects to achieve ongoing EPS of $5.10 to $5.60 in fiscal year 2016.

This compares to consensus estimates of $6.22. What is to blame this time?

Ongoing EPS guidance reflects in part an estimated $0.35 to $0.40 of headwinds from currency, $0.50 to $0.85 of headwinds from Agricultural Productivity pricing declines and $0.20 to $0.30 from elevated cost of goods for corn and the anticipated launch costs of Roundup Ready® Xtend soybeans. EPS on an as-reported basis is expected to be $4.44 to $5.01 in fiscal year 2016, reflecting additional charges related to the first phase of announced restructuring actions.

So pretty much everything including central bankers.

It gets worse:

The company projects free cash flow in the range of $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion for fiscal year 2016. The company expects net cash provided by operating activities to be $2.7 billion to $3.1 billion, and net cash required by investing activities to be approximately $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion.

Consensus cash flow estimate: $2.56 billion. But at least more than all of the company’s net cash will be used to fund the stock buyback.

And while Monsanto management is delighted to hand over all of its cash flows to investors (and management’s equity-linked compensation bonus), there is something for workers too: a pink slip.

The plans also include an expected separation of approximately 2,600 employees over the next 18-24 months. 

Which, incidentally, is what in the New Normal is called “growth.”


The Middle Class Is Being Cooked Alive — Dave Kranzler SGTreport.com

Published on Sep 26, 2015
Dave Kranzler from Investment Research Dynamics joins me to discuss his latest thoughts on the physical silver market, and ‘The Road’ of horrors that lay ahead for the American people. Horrors created by international Banksters like the Jacob Rothschild, who in 2007 – just a year before the great economic collapse of 2008 – paid $5 million pounds for a painting called ‘Boy Building a House of Cards’. Are you starting to get the picture?

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FADE to BLACK Jimmy Church w/ Leo Zagami, the Vatican Illuminati

Link submitted by Karen, mahalo!

Leo Zagami joins us for the first time, live from Rome, Italy and we discuss the Pope’s visit to the US, the White House, Congress and the UN. We also cover his time with the Illuminati, Freemasons and his disclosure of secret societies. We also talk about Sept 23rd being the end of the world…this show was broadcast live on the 23rd.

WARNING: Global Economic Free Fall — Andy Hoffman ~ SGTreport.com

Published on Sep 27, 2015

Andy Hoffman from Miles Franklin is back to document the current state of the collapse of the global economy – and the situation is only getting worse by the day. From Caterpillar to Glencore Mining, the future is as clear as it is bleak. And most American still have absolutely NO IDEA what’s in store for them as the FED dominoes of fraud begin falling. TRILLIONS have been printed with no “trickle down” in sight. Meanwhile, there is plenty of paper silver and gold, and precious little PHYSICAL – even as the 1980 inflation adjusted all-time high for silver passes $600 per ounce. The sheeple sleep snug in their beds certain that today’s debt based paradigm will continue forever. They are in for a rude awakening.

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The Corbett Report – The Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Are Finished: Here’s What You Need to Know

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by James Corbett
October 6, 2015

Last-minute negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal in Atlanta this past week finally ended on Monday when trade ministers emerged with a deal. It’s a testament to the secrecy and apathy that has surrounded the entire TPP process that most people didn’t even know these negotiations were taking place, let alone that a deal was near. Nevertheless, the completed deal is now on its way to member countries for ratification.

So what is the deal? Who is behind it? Why are so many opposed to it? And what’s next? Here’s a primer on what you need to know as the TPP deal enters the home stretch.

What is it?

tppgraphThe TPP is a so-called “free trade agreement” that is the largest such deal since NAFTA. If ratified it will cover 12 countries, impacting over 400 million people and nearly 40% of the world’s GDP. Member nations of the TPP negotiations include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

What does it do?

We do know that the TPP agreement is a 30 chapter document dealing with everything from agricultural tariffs to intellectual property to wildlife conservation to customs and financial services. It will impact the auto industry, dairy farmers, pharmaceutical companies (and their patients), even people who share files online. In short, it is a comprehensive agreement.

We do not know what the text actually says. We have a rough idea based on leaked drafts of previous negotiating texts and the pronouncements of various officials privy to the talks and the ridiculously vague summaries of the US Trade Representative and other official bodies, but the text itself has yet to be released for public consumption.

This is a reflection of the unprecedented secrecy that has shrouded these negotiations, including restricting members of US Congress’ access to the negotiating text to classified briefings and basement readings and paramilitary security with helicopter surveillance patrolling TPP summits for would-be protesters.

Who wins?

tppmickeyIn a word: business. No, not mom and pop corner store business, big multinational corporate business. But you probably could have guessed as much already. After all, there’s a reason the US Business Coalition for TPP existed, let alone spent over $1.1 million buying off Congressmen ahead of the “Fast Track” trade authority vote earlier this year.

Hollywood and the MPAA can celebrate more stringent international enforcement of their “intellectual property” to bolster their failing business model. Big Pharma likewise will benefit from mores string enforcement of their patents to prevent smaller countries from selling generic copies of their signature drugs. American dairy farmers are winners, gaining greater access to Canadian markets. American manufacturers will win as relaxed rules make it even easier to ship jobs to developing Asian countries. Vietnamese manufacturers benefit from that outsourcing even as they dodge the “labor organization” bullet.

In every case, the clear common denominator is that big business is going to win big time if the deal gets through.

Who loses?

stoptppPretty much everyone else. That’s why you’ll see an extraordinary range of people opposed to this deal, from the mainstream left (Hillary Clinton) and the mainstream right (Mike Huckabee) to the controlled “alternative” left (Noam Chomsky) and the controlled “alternative” right (The New American) to libertarians and environmental groups and trade unions and basically everyone who isn’t in favor of crony capitalism. Only a truly bad deal could bring together such a disparate bunch. And this deal is bad.

Vaguely worded agreements to standardize the protection of “trade secrets” threaten to undermine whistleblowers and journalists who are trying to expose corruption and counter needless secrecy.

A “three-step test” for approving member nations’ copyright limitations legislation threatens to make much of the open source / fair use reporting done by The Corbett Report and others illegal, or legally onerous to perform.

It threatens to introduce criminal sanctions on file sharers who are deemed to share on a vaguely defined “commercial scale” (perhaps including posting a link to a YouTube video on a blog).

Doctors Without Borders has been uncharacteristically vocal on this political issue, unequivocally stating that the TPP deal is “a bad deal for medicine.” (Some theorize this position earned them an unwelcome visit from the US military in Afghanistan.)

The list goes on and on, but one thing is certain: wage laborers, small businesses and others ‘too small to succeed’ can all find something to hate in this agreement.

What’s next?

In the US, Obama will not be able to sign the deal for 90 days, and it will be a month or more after that before the legislation to implement the deal is introduced in the house. This means the process will take months to complete, and likely come to a head in the heat of the 2016 sElection cycle.

And that’s just the US. Canada is likewise heading into an election this month and one of the main opposition parties has already stated that they will not feel bound by the deal. The Abe government in Japan, already reeling from public protest over recently passed “security” legislation to remilitarize the country, is facing a huge backlash from its farm lobby over the opening up of long-protected Japanese agricultural produce markets.

If there is any good news on the horizon, it’s that the deal’s ratification is still up in the air, with many being pessimistic of its chances in this politically volatile climate. But then, they said that about the negotiations themselves and look where that got us.

In the meantime, concerned men and women across the Pacific Rim collectively hold their breath for the full text in order to assess the potential damage.

Monsanto’s Migraine: Big Fiascoes Facing the World’s Biggest Seed Company

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The problems are piling up at the company’s front door.

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Monsanto has been reeling from a number of setbacks around the globe. Here’s a look at some of the main reasons that 2015 has been a giant headache for the biotech giant. But that headache could find some reilef if the U.S. Senate hands them a legislative victory that would keep American consumers in the dark about what’s in their food.

Roundup Probably Causes Cancer

In March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s cancer arm, said that the controversial herbicide glyphosate — the main ingredient in Monsanto’s popular weedkiller Roundup — is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” IARC noted, “Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the USA, Canada, and Sweden reported increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that persisted after adjustment for other pesticides.” Used by home gardeners, public park gardeners and farmers, and applied to more than 150 food and non-food crops, Roundup is the Monsantot’s leading product and the world’s most-produced weedkiller.

In June, France banned Roundup. French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal said, “France must be on the offensive with regards to the banning of pesticides.” She added, “I have asked garden centers to stop putting Monsanto’s Roundup on sale” in self-service aisles. And earlier this month, California issued a notice of intent to list glyphosate as a carcinogen. “As far as I’m aware, this is the first regulatory agency in the U.S. to determine that glyphosate is a carcinogen,” said Dr. Nathan Donley, a scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “So this is a very big deal.”

In April, U.S. citizens filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto, claiming that the company is guilty of false advertising by claiming that glyphosate targets an enzyme only found in plants and not in humans or animals. The plaintiffs argue that the targeted enzyme, EPSP synthase, is found in the microbiota that reside in human and non-human animal intestines. In addition to its potential cancer-causing properties, Roundup has been linked to a host of other health issues, environmental problems and the record decline of monarch butterflies.And in September, another of the company’s herbicides got slammed when a French appeals court confirmed that Monsanto was guilty of chemical poisoning, upholding a 2012 ruling in favor of Paul Francois, whose lawyers claimed the company’s Lasso weedkiller gave the cereal farmer neurological problems, including memory loss and headaches.

Tweet Backfires

Monsanto would probably love to forget one of their recent tweets that tried to put out the glyphosate-fueled public image fire. A day before the cancer-listing announcement by California’s EPA, Monsanto posted a tweet, asking if people has questions about glyphosate with a link to a FAQ page:

The tweet wasn’t the PR success that the company had hoped for. Instead of helping to alleviate consumer fears about the chemical, the tweet became a target for the Monsanto-hating Twitterati:

EU Nations Ban GMOs

In addition to the glyphosate backlash, Monsanto has had to deal with several EU countries who have said no to the company’s GM crops. A new European Union law signed in March allows individual member countries to be excluded from any GM cultivation approval request. European opposition to GMOs has been strong: Unlike in the Americas and Asia, where GMO crops are widely grown, only Monsanto’s pest-resistant MON810, a GMO maize, is grown in Europe. Several nations have taken advantage of the new exclusion law: Scotland, Germany, Latvia, Greece, France and recently, Northern Ireland, have all invoked it.

In August, Scotland became the first EU nation to ban the growing of genetically modified crops by requesting to be excluded by Monsanto’s application to grow GMO crops across the EU. “Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment — and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status,” said Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Germany cited strong resistance from farmers and the public when it made its opt-out request. “Germany has committed a true act of food democracy by listening to the majority of its citizens that oppose GMO cultivation and support more sustainable, resilient organic food production that doesn’t perpetuate the overuse of toxic herbicides,” said Lisa Archer, food and technology director at environmental nonprofit Friends of the Earth. “We are hopeful that more members of the EU will follow suit and that the U.S. Congress will protect our basic right to know what we are feeding our families by requiring mandatory GMO labeling.”

Soon after Germany’s decision, Latvia and Greece announced that they too are taking advantage of the EU law. France, too, is using the opt-out law to ensure the country’s GMO ban remains in place.

While anti-GMO activists warn of the dangers that genetically modified foods pose to health and the environment, the Big Food industry and many scientists argue that GMOs are safe and can help feed a skyrocketing human population. Monsanto told Reuters: “We regret that some countries are deviating from a science-based approach to innovation in agriculture and have elected to prohibit the cultivation of a successful GM product on arbitrary political grounds.” There is a significant political dimension as well: Newswire reported that the GMO opt-out law “directly confronts U.S. free trade deal supported by EU, under which the Union should open its doors widely for the U.S. GM industry.” It remains to be seen how the opt-out law will play out in the long run.

But for now, could the GMO resistance in Europe be working? Following the announcements by Latvia and Greece, EurActiv, an online news service covering EU affairs, reported that Monsanto “said it had no immediate plans to request approvals for any new GM seeds in Europe.”

The GMO Debate Rages On

The debate over genetically modified foods is complex, and not without its contradictions. While the anti-GMO movement appears to gaining steam, GMO foods have been a big part of the U.S. food system for many years. The vast majority of several key crops grown in the U.S. are genetically modified, including soy (93 percent), corn (93 percent) and canola (90 percent). As Morgan Clendaniel, editor of Co.Exist, points out, “Many crops are genetically modified so frequently, it’s nearly impossible to find non-GMO versions.” He adds that, althought 80 percent of all packaged food sold in America contain GMOs, consumers are kept in the dark, because the U.S. is “one of the few places in the developed world that doesn’t require food producers to disclose whether or not their ingredients have any modifications.”

One scientist who has been sharply critical of GM crops is David Williams, a cellular biologist at the University of California at Los Angeles. He says that “inserted genes can be transformed by several different means, and it can happen generations later,” which can result in potentially toxic plants. In addition, faulty monitoring of GM field tests presents another danger. For example, from 2008 to 2014, only 39 of the 133 GM crop field trials in India were properly monitored, “leaving the rest for unknown risks and possible health hazards.”

But within the scientific community, Dr. Williams is in the minority, In fact, as science writer David H. Freeman notes in Scientific American, “The vast major it of the research on genetically modified crops suggests that they are safe to eat.” David Zilberman, an agricultural and environmental economist at the University of California at Berkeley (who Freeman describes as “one of the few researchers considered credible by both agricultural chemical companies and their critics”) says that the use of GM crops “has increased farmer safety by allowing them to use less pesticide. It has raised the output of corn, cotton and soy by 20 to 30 percent, allowing some people to survive who would not have without it. If it were more widely adopted around the world, the price [of food] would go lower, and fewer people would die of hunger.”

The European Food Safety Authority said it will issue its scientific opinion on the GM crops by the end of 2017. For now, the GMO debate — filled with a host of pros and cons — rages on. But beyond the health and environmental threats that Monsanto’s products may pose, some worry that about the how control of the global food system is increasingly concentrated in a few biotech and agriculture megacorps like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Pioneer and DuPont. “Beating in the heart of every good capitalist is the heart of a monopolist,” says Neil Harl, an agricultural economist at Iowa State. “So we have to have rules, we have to have the economic police on the beat. Or we end up with concentration and that means higher prices.”

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